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Arash Bordbar

Arash is a 23 year-old refugee from Iran living in Australia. He traveled to Malaysia at the age of 17 and registered with UNHCR in Kuala Lumpur. He spent five years in Malaysia before being resettled to Australia in May 2015. Arash is currently studying a Bachelor of Engineering at the University of Western Sydney. He has experience in volunteering and worked for organizations supporting young refugees, at HELP College of Arts and Technology in Malaysia, UNHCR Malaysia, Sahabat Support Centre and more recently in Australia at the Auburn Diversity Services Young Leaders Group, Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network Youth Ambassador, Settlement Services International volunteer. Arash is an advocate for gender equality, sexual rights, and access to education and employment opportunities. He participated in the Global Refugee Youth Consultation in Australia and Geneva in June 2016 and since then has traveled to Kuala Lumpur where he organised and facilitated a youth consultation, the first of its kind for refugee youth in Malaysia. He has also traveled to Bangkok, Thailand for the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN) APCRR6 and was elected as the deputy chair for the APRRN Youth Working Group. In December 2016 Arash was awarded the Young People Human Rights Medal for the Year 2016 by Australia Human Rights.